War on Terror
|War on Terror|
Clockwise from top left: Aftermath of the September 11 attacks; American infantry in Afghanistan; an American soldier and Afghan interpreter in Zabul Province, Afghanistan; explosion of an Iraqi car bomb in Baghdad.
International missions *:
|Commanders and leaders|
George W. Bush
Gloria Macapagal Arroyo (President 2001-2010)
Benigno Aquino III (President 2010-2016)
Rodrigo Duterte (President 2016-Present)
Osama bin Laden †
Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant
Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi
Haqqani NetworkSirajuddin Haqqani
The War on Terror (WoT), also known as the Global War on Terrorism (GWOT), is a metaphor of war referring to the international military campaign that started after the September 11 attacks on the United States. U.S. President George W. Bush first used the term "War on Terror" on 20 September 2001. The Bush administration and the western media have since used the term to argue a global military, political, legal, and conceptual struggle against both organizations designated terrorist and regimes accused of supporting them. It was originally used with a particular focus on countries associated with Islamic terrorism organizations including al-Qaeda and like-minded organizations.
In 2013, President Barack Obama announced that the United States was no longer pursuing a War on Terror, as the military focus should be on specific enemies rather than a tactic. He stated, "We must define our effort not as a boundless 'Global War on Terror', but rather as a series of persistent, targeted efforts to dismantle specific networks of violent extremists that threaten America."
- 1 Etymology
- 2 Background
- 3 U.S. objectives
- 4 Afghanistan
- 5 Iraq and Syria
- 6 Pakistan
- 7 Trans-Sahara (Northern Africa)
- 8 Horn of Africa and Red Sea
- 9 Philippines
- 10 Yemen
- 11 Libya
- 12 Other military operations
- 13 International military support
- 14 Terrorist attacks and failed plots since 9/11
- 15 U.S. military aid to other countries
- 16 Post 9/11 events inside the United States
- 17 Casualties
- 18 Costs
- 19 Criticism
- 20 Other Wars on Terror
- 21 See also
- 22 Notes
- 23 References
- 24 Further reading
- 25 External links
The phrase "War on Terror" has been used to specifically refer to the ongoing military campaign led by the U.S., UK and their allies against organizations and regimes identified by them as terrorist, and excludes other independent counter-terrorist operations and campaigns such as those by Russia and India. The conflict has also been referred to by names other than the War on Terror. It has also been known as:
- World War III
- World War IV (assuming the Cold War was World War III)
- Bush's War on Terror
- The Long War
- The Global War on Terror
- The War Against al-Qaeda
History of the name
In 1984, the Reagan Administration used the term "war against terrorism" as part of an effort to pass legislation that was designed to freeze assets of terrorist groups and marshal the forces of government against them. Author Shane Harris asserts this was a reaction to the 1983 Beirut barracks bombing, which killed 241 U.S. and 58 French peacekeepers.
The concept of America at war with terrorism may have begun on 11 September 2001 when Tom Brokaw, having just witnessed the collapse of one of the towers of the World Trade Center, declared "Terrorists have declared war on [America]."
On 16 September 2001, at Camp David, President George W. Bush used the phrase war on terrorism in an unscripted and controversial comment when he said, "This crusade – this war on terrorism – is going to take a while, ... " Bush later apologized for this remark due to the negative connotations the term crusade has to people, e.g. of Muslim faith. The word crusade was not used again. On 20 September 2001, during a televised address to a joint session of congress, Bush stated that, "(o)ur 'war on terror' begins with al-Qaeda, but it does not end there. It will not end until every terrorist group of global reach has been found, stopped, and defeated."
In April 2007, the British government announced publicly that it was abandoning the use of the phrase "War on Terror" as they found it to be less than helpful. This was explained more recently by Lady Eliza Manningham-Buller. In her 2011 Reith lecture, the former head of MI5 said that the 9/11 attacks were "a crime, not an act of war. So I never felt it helpful to refer to a war on terror."
U.S. President Barack Obama has rarely used the term, but in his inaugural address on 20 January 2009, he stated "Our nation is at war, against a far-reaching network of violence and hatred." In March 2009 the Defense Department officially changed the name of operations from "Global War on Terror" to "Overseas Contingency Operation" (OCO). In March 2009, the Obama administration requested that Pentagon staff members avoid use of the term, instead using "Overseas Contingency Operation". Basic objectives of the Bush administration "war on terror", such as targeting al Qaeda and building international counterterrorism alliances, remain in place. In December 2012, Jeh Johnson, the General Counsel of the Department of Defense, stated that the military fight will be replaced by a law enforcement operation when speaking at Oxford University, predicting that al Qaeda will be so weakened to be ineffective, and has been "effectively destroyed", and thus the conflict will not be an armed conflict under international law. In May 2013, Obama stated that the goal is "to dismantle specific networks of violent extremists that threaten America"; which coincided with the U.S. Office of Management and Budget having changed the wording from "Overseas Contingency Operations" to "Countering Violent Extremism" in 2010.
The rhetorical war on terror
Because the actions involved in the "war on terrorism" are diffuse, and the criteria for inclusion are unclear, political theorist Richard Jackson has argued that "the 'war on terrorism' therefore, is simultaneously a set of actual practices—wars, covert operations, agencies, and institutions—and an accompanying series of assumptions, beliefs, justifications, and narratives—it is an entire language or discourse." Jackson cites among many examples a statement by John Ashcroft that "the attacks of September 11 drew a bright line of demarcation between the civil and the savage". Administration officials also described "terrorists" as hateful, treacherous, barbarous, mad, twisted, perverted, without faith, parasitical, inhuman, and, most commonly, evil. Americans, in contrast, were described as brave, loving, generous, strong, resourceful, heroic, and respectful of human rights.
Both the term and the policies it denotes have been a source of ongoing controversy, as critics argue it has been used to justify unilateral preventive war, human rights abuses and other violations of international law.
Precursor to the 11 September attacks
The origins of al-Qaeda can be traced to the Soviet war in Afghanistan (December 1979 – February 1989). The United States, United Kingdom, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, and the People's Republic of China supported the Islamist Afghan mujahadeen guerillas against the military forces of the Soviet Union and the Democratic Republic of Afghanistan. A small number of "Afghan Arab" volunteers joined the fight against the Soviets, including Osama bin Laden, but there is no evidence they received any external assistance. In May 1996 the group World Islamic Front for Jihad Against Jews and Crusaders (WIFJAJC), sponsored by bin Laden (and later re-formed as al-Qaeda), started forming a large base of operations in Afghanistan, where the Islamist extremist regime of the Taliban had seized power earlier in the year. In February 1998, Osama bin Laden signed a fatwā, as head of al-Qaeda, declaring war on the West and Israel, later in May of that same year al-Qaeda released a video declaring war on the U.S. and the West.
On 7 August 1998, al-Qaeda struck the U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania, killing 224 people, including 12 Americans. In retaliation, U.S. President Bill Clinton launched Operation Infinite Reach, a bombing campaign in Sudan and Afghanistan against targets the U.S. asserted were associated with WIFJAJC, although others have questioned whether a pharmaceutical plant in Sudan was used as a chemical warfare plant. The plant produced much of the region's antimalarial drugs and around 50% of Sudan's pharmaceutical needs. The strikes failed to kill any leaders of WIFJAJC or the Taliban.
Next came the 2000 millennium attack plots, which included an attempted bombing of Los Angeles International Airport. On 12 October 2000, the USS Cole bombing occurred near the port of Yemen, and 17 U.S. Navy sailors were killed.
September 11, 2001 attacks
On the morning of September 11, 2001, 19 men affiliated with al-Qaeda hijacked four airliners all bound for California. Once the hijackers assumed control of the airliners, they told the passengers that they had a bomb on board and would spare the lives of passengers and crew once their demands were met – no passenger and crew actually suspected that they would use the airliners as suicide weapons since it had never happened before in history, and many previous hijacking attempts had been resolved with the passengers and crew escaping unharmed after obeying the hijackers. The hijackers – members of al-Qaeda's Hamburg cell – intentionally crashed two airliners into the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in New York City. Both buildings collapsed within two hours from fire damage related to the crashes, destroying nearby buildings and damaging others. The hijackers crashed a third airliner into the Pentagon in Arlington County, Virginia, just outside Washington D.C. The fourth plane crashed into a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania, after some of its passengers and flight crew attempted to retake control of the plane, which the hijackers had redirected toward Washington D.C., to target the White House, or the U.S. Capitol. No flights had survivors. A total of 2,977 victims and the 19 hijackers perished in the attacks.
The Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Terrorists or "AUMF" was made law on 14 September 2001, to authorize the use of United States Armed Forces against those responsible for the attacks on 11 September 2001. It authorized the President to use all necessary and appropriate force against those nations, organizations, or persons he determines planned, authorized, committed, or aided the terrorist attacks that occurred on 11 September 2001, or harbored such organizations or persons, in order to prevent any future acts of international terrorism against the United States by such nations, organizations or persons. Congress declares this is intended to constitute specific statutory authorization within the meaning of section 5(b) of the War Powers Resolution of 1973.
- Defeat terrorists such as Osama bin Laden, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi and demolish their organizations
- Identify, locate and demolish terrorists along with their organizations
- Deny sponsorship, support and sanctuary to terrorists
- End the state sponsorship of terrorism
- Establish and maintain an international standard of accountability with regard to combating terrorism
- Strengthen and sustain the international effort to combat terrorism
- Work with willing and able states
- Enable weak states
- Persuade reluctant states
- Compel unwilling states
- Interdict and disorder material support for terrorists
- Abolish terrorist sanctuaries and havens
- Diminish the underlying conditions that terrorists seek to exploit
- Partner with the international community to strengthen weak states and prevent (re)emergence of terrorism
- Win the war of ideals
- Defend U.S. citizens and interests at home and abroad
- Integrate the National Strategy for Homeland Security
- Attain domain awareness
- Enhance measures to ensure the integrity, reliability, and availability of critical, physical, and information-based infrastructures at home and abroad
- Implement measures to protect U.S. citizens abroad
- Ensure an integrated incident management capability
Operation Enduring Freedom
Operation Enduring Freedom is the official name used by the Bush administration for the War in Afghanistan, together with three smaller military actions, under the umbrella of the Global War on Terror. These global operations are intended to seek out and destroy any al-Qaeda fighters or affiliates.
Operation Enduring Freedom – Afghanistan
On 20 September 2001, in the wake of the 11 September attacks, George W. Bush delivered an ultimatum to the Taliban government of Afghanistan, the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, to turn over Osama bin Laden and al-Qaeda leaders operating in the country or face attack. The Taliban demanded evidence of bin Laden's link to the 11 September attacks and, if such evidence warranted a trial, they offered to handle such a trial in an Islamic Court. The U.S. refused to provide any evidence.
Subsequently, in October 2001, U.S. forces (with UK and coalition allies) invaded Afghanistan to oust the Taliban regime. On 7 October 2001, the official invasion began with British and U.S. forces conducting airstrike campaigns over enemy targets. Kabul, the capital city of Afghanistan, fell by mid-November. The remaining al-Qaeda and Taliban remnants fell back to the rugged mountains of eastern Afghanistan, mainly Tora Bora. In December, Coalition forces (the U.S. and its allies) fought within that region. It is believed that Osama bin Laden escaped into Pakistan during the battle.
In March 2002, the U.S. and other NATO and non-NATO forces launched Operation Anaconda with the goal of destroying any remaining al-Qaeda and Taliban forces in the Shah-i-Kot Valley and Arma Mountains of Afghanistan. The Taliban suffered heavy casualties and evacuated the region.
The Taliban regrouped in western Pakistan and began to unleash an insurgent-style offensive against Coalition forces in late 2002. Throughout southern and eastern Afghanistan, firefights broke out between the surging Taliban and Coalition forces. Coalition forces responded with a series of military offensives and an increase in the amount of troops in Afghanistan. In February 2010, Coalition forces launched Operation Moshtarak in southern Afghanistan along with other military offensives in the hopes that they would destroy the Taliban insurgency once and for all. Peace talks are also underway between Taliban affiliated fighters and Coalition forces. In September 2014, Afghanistan and the United States signed a security agreement, which permits United States and NATO forces to remain in Afghanistan until at least 2024. The United States and other NATO and non-NATO forces are planning to withdraw; with the Taliban claiming it has defeated the United States and NATO, and the Obama Administration viewing it as a victory. In December 2014, ISAF encasing its colors, and Resolute Support began as the NATO operation in Afghanistan. Continued United States operations within Afghanistan will continue under the name "Operation Freedom's Sentinel".
International Security Assistance Force
December 2001 saw the creation of the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) to assist the Afghan Transitional Administration and the first post-Taliban elected government. With a renewed Taliban insurgency, it was announced in 2006 that ISAF would replace the U.S. troops in the province as part of Operation Enduring Freedom.
The British 16th Air Assault Brigade (later reinforced by Royal Marines) formed the core of the force in southern Afghanistan, along with troops and helicopters from Australia, Canada and the Netherlands. The initial force consisted of roughly 3,300 British, 2,000 Canadian, 1,400 from the Netherlands and 240 from Australia, along with special forces from Denmark and Estonia and small contingents from other nations. The monthly supply of cargo containers through Pakistani route to ISAF in Afghanistan is over 4,000 costing around 12 billion in Pakistani Rupees.
Iraq and Syria
Iraq had been listed as a State sponsor of terrorism by the U.S. since 1990, when Saddam Hussein invaded Kuwait. Iraq had also been on the list from 1979 to 1982; it was removed so that the U.S. could provide material support to Iraq in its war with Iran. Hussein's regime had proven to be a problem for the UN and Iraq's neighbors due to its use of chemical weapons against Iranians and Kurds in the 1980s.
Iraqi no-fly zones
Following the ceasefire agreement that suspended hostilities (but not officially ended) in the 1991 Gulf War, the United States and its allies instituted and began patrolling Iraqi no-fly zones, to protect Iraq's Kurdish and Shi'a Arab population—both of which suffered attacks from the Hussein regime before and after the Gulf War—in Iraq's northern and southern regions, respectively. U.S. forces continued in combat zone deployments through November 1995 and launched Operation Desert Fox against Iraq in 1998 after it failed to meet U.S. demands of "unconditional cooperation" in weapons inspections.
In the aftermath of Operation Desert Fox, during December 1998, Iraq announced that it would no longer respect the no-fly zones and resumed its attempts to shoot down U.S. aircraft.
Operation Iraqi Freedom
The Iraq War began in March 2003 with an air campaign, which was immediately followed by a U.S.-led ground invasion. The Bush administration stated the invasion was the "serious consequences" spoken of in the UNSC Resolution 1441, partially on the basis of Iraq possessing weapons of mass destruction. The Bush administration also stated the Iraq war was part of the War on Terror, something later questioned or contested.
The first ground attack came at the Battle of Umm Qasr on 21 March 2003 when a combined force of British, American and Polish forces seized control of the port city of Umm Qasr. Baghdad, Iraq's capital city, fell to American forces in April 2003 and Saddam Hussein's government quickly dissolved. On 1 May 2003, Bush announced that major combat operations in Iraq had ended. However, an insurgency arose against the U.S.-led coalition and the newly developing Iraqi military and post-Saddam government. The insurgency, which included al-Qaeda affiliated groups, led to far more coalition casualties than the invasion. Other elements of the insurgency were led by fugitive members of President Hussein's Ba'ath regime, which included Iraqi nationalists and pan-Arabists. Many insurgency leaders are Islamists and claim to be fighting a religious war to reestablish the Islamic Caliphate of centuries past. Iraq's former president, Saddam Hussein was captured by U.S. forces in December 2003. He was executed in 2006.
In January 2007, President Bush presented a new strategy for Operation Iraqi Freedom based upon counter-insurgency theories and tactics developed by General David Petraeus. The Iraq War troop surge of 2007 was part of this "new way forward" and, along with U.S. backing of Sunni groups it had previously sought to defeat, has been credited with a widely recognized dramatic decrease in violence by up to 80%.
Operation New Dawn
Operation Inherent Resolve (Syria and Iraq)
In a major split in the ranks of Al Qaeda's organization, the Iraqi franchise, known as Al Qaeda in Iraq covertly invaded Syria and the Levant and began participating in the ongoing Syrian Civil War, gaining enough support and strength to re-invade Iraq's western provinces under the name of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS/ISIL), taking over much of the country in a blitzkrieg-like action and combining the Iraq insurgency and Syrian Civil War into a single conflict. Due to their extreme brutality and a complete change in their overall ideology, Al Qaeda's core organization in Central Asia eventually denounced ISIS and directed their affiliates to cut off all ties with this organization. Many analysts[who?] believe that because of this schism, Al Qaeda and ISIL are now in a competition to retain the title of the world's most powerful terrorist organization.
The Obama administration began to reengage in Iraq with a series of airstrikes aimed at ISIS beginning on 10 August 2014. On 9 September 2014 President Obama said that he had the authority he needed to take action to destroy the militant group known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, citing the 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Terrorists, and thus did not require additional approval from Congress. The following day on 10 September 2014 President Barack Obama made a televised speech about ISIL, which he stated "Our objective is clear: We will degrade, and ultimately destroy, ISIL through a comprehensive and sustained counter-terrorism strategy". Obama has authorized the deployment of additional U.S. Forces into Iraq, as well as authorizing direct military operations against ISIL within Syria. On the night of 21/22 September the United States, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the UAE, Jordan and Qatar started air attacks against ISIS in Syria.
In October 2014, it was reported that the U.S. Department of Defense considers military operations against ISIL as being under Operation Enduring Freedom in regards to campaign medal awarding. On 15 October, the military intervention became known as "Operation Inherent Resolve".
Following the 11 September 2001 attacks, former President of Pakistan Pervez Musharraf sided with the U.S. against the Taliban government in Afghanistan after an ultimatum by then U.S. President George W. Bush. Musharraf agreed to give the U.S. the use of three airbases for Operation Enduring Freedom. United States Secretary of State Colin Powell and other U.S. administration officials met with Musharraf. On 19 September 2001, Musharraf addressed the people of Pakistan and stated that, while he opposed military tactics against the Taliban, Pakistan risked being endangered by an alliance of India and the U.S. if it did not cooperate. In 2006, Musharraf testified that this stance was pressured by threats from the U.S., and revealed in his memoirs that he had "war-gamed" the United States as an adversary and decided that it would end in a loss for Pakistan.
On 12 January 2002, Musharraf gave a speech against Islamic extremism. He unequivocally condemned all acts of terrorism and pledged to combat Islamic extremism and lawlessness within Pakistan itself. He stated that his government was committed to rooting out extremism and made it clear that the banned militant organizations would not be allowed to resurface under any new name. He said, "the recent decision to ban extremist groups promoting militancy was taken in the national interest after thorough consultations. It was not taken under any foreign influence".
In 2002, the Musharraf-led government took a firm stand against the jihadi organizations and groups promoting extremism, and arrested Maulana Masood Azhar, head of the Jaish-e-Mohammed, and Hafiz Muhammad Saeed, chief of the Lashkar-e-Taiba, and took dozens of activists into custody. An official ban was imposed on the groups on 12 January. Later that year, the Saudi born Zayn al-Abidn Muhammed Hasayn Abu Zubaydah was arrested by Pakistani officials during a series of joint U.S.-Pakistan raids. Zubaydah is said to have been a high-ranking al-Qaeda official with the title of operations chief and in charge of running al-Qaeda training camps. Other prominent al-Qaeda members were arrested in the following two years, namely Ramzi bin al-Shibh, who is known to have been a financial backer of al-Qaeda operations, and Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, who at the time of his capture was the third highest-ranking official in al-Qaeda and had been directly in charge of the planning for the 11 September attacks.
In 2004, the Pakistan Army launched a campaign in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas of Pakistan's Waziristan region, sending in 80,000 troops. The goal of the conflict was to remove the al-Qaeda and Taliban forces in the region.
After the fall of the Taliban regime many members of the Taliban resistance fled to the Northern border region of Afghanistan and Pakistan where the Pakistani army had previously little control. With the logistics and air support of the United States, the Pakistani Army captured or killed numerous al-Qaeda operatives such as Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, wanted for his involvement in the USS Cole bombing, the Bojinka plot, and the killing of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl.
The United States has carried out a campaign of Drone attacks on targets all over the Federally Administered Tribal Areas. However, the Pakistani Taliban still operates there. To this day it's estimated that 15 U.S. soldiers were killed while fighting al-Qaeda and Taliban remnants in Pakistan since the War on Terror began.
Osama bin Laden, who was of many founders of al-Qaeda, his wife, and son, were all killed on 2 May 2011, during a raid conducted by the United States special operations forces in Abbottabad, Pakistan.
The use of drones by the Central Intelligence Agency in Pakistan to carry out operations associated with the Global War on Terror sparks debate over sovereignty and the laws of war. The U.S. Government uses the CIA rather than the U.S. Air Force for strikes in Pakistan in order to avoid breaching sovereignty through military invasion. The United States was criticized by[according to whom?] a report on drone warfare and aerial sovereignty for abusing the term 'Global War on Terror' to carry out military operations through government agencies without formally declaring war.
Trans-Sahara (Northern Africa)
Operation Enduring Freedom – Trans Sahara
Operation Enduring Freedom – Trans Sahara (OEF-TS) is the name of the military operation conducted by the U.S. and partner nations in the Sahara/Sahel region of Africa, consisting of counter-terrorism efforts and policing of arms and drug trafficking across central Africa.
The conflict in northern Mali began in January 2012 with radical Islamists (affiliated to al-Qaeda) advancing into northern Mali. The Malian government had a hard time maintaining full control over their country. The fledgling government requested support from the international community on combating the Islamic militants. In January 2013, France intervened on behalf of the Malian government's request and deployed troops into the region. They launched Operation Serval on 11 January 2013, with the hopes of dislodging the al-Qaeda affiliated groups from northern Mali.
Horn of Africa and Red Sea
Operation Enduring Freedom – Horn of Africa
This extension of Operation Enduring Freedom was titled OEF-HOA. Unlike other operations contained in Operation Enduring Freedom, OEF-HOA does not have a specific organization as a target. OEF-HOA instead focuses its efforts to disrupt and detect militant activities in the region and to work with willing governments to prevent the reemergence of militant cells and activities.
In October 2002, the Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA) was established in Djibouti at Camp Lemonnier. It contains approximately 2,000 personnel including U.S. military and special operations forces (SOF) and coalition force members, Combined Task Force 150 (CTF-150).
Task Force 150 consists of ships from a shifting group of nations, including Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Pakistan, New Zealand and the United Kingdom. The primary goal of the coalition forces is to monitor, inspect, board and stop suspected shipments from entering the Horn of Africa region and affecting the United States' Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Included in the operation is the training of selected armed forces units of the countries of Djibouti, Kenya and Ethiopia in counter-terrorism and counter-insurgency tactics. Humanitarian efforts conducted by CJTF-HOA include rebuilding of schools and medical clinics and providing medical services to those countries whose forces are being trained.
The program expands as part of the Trans-Saharan Counterterrorism Initiative as CJTF personnel also assist in training the armed forces of Chad, Niger, Mauritania and Mali. However, the War on Terror does not include Sudan, where over 400,000 have died in an ongoing civil war.
On 1 July 2006, a Web-posted message purportedly written by Osama bin Laden urged Somalis to build an Islamic state in the country and warned western governments that the al-Qaeda network would fight against them if they intervened there.
Somalia has been considered a "failed state" because its official central government was weak, dominated by warlords and unable to exert effective control over the country. Beginning in mid-2006, the Islamic Courts Union (ICU), an Islamist faction campaigning on a restoration of "law and order" through Sharia law, had rapidly taken control of much of southern Somalia.
By late 2006, the UN-backed Transitional Federal Government (TFG) of Somalia had seen its power effectively limited to Baidoa, while the Islamic Courts Union controlled the majority of southern Somalia, including the capital of Mogadishu. On 20 December 2006, the Islamic Courts Union launched an offensive on the government stronghold of Baidoa, and saw early gains before Ethiopia intervened in favor of the government.
By 26 December, the Islamic Courts Union retreated towards Mogadishu, before again retreating as TFG/Ethiopian troops neared, leaving them to take Mogadishu with no resistance. The ICU then fled to Kismayo, where they fought Ethiopian/TFG forces in the Battle of Jilib.
The Prime Minister of Somalia claimed that three "terror suspects" from the 1998 United States embassy bombings are being sheltered in Kismayo. On 30 December 2006, al-Qaeda deputy leader Ayman al-Zawahiri called upon Muslims worldwide to fight against Ethiopia and the TFG in Somalia.
On 14 September 2009, U.S. Special Forces killed two men and wounded and captured two others near the Somali village of Baarawe. Witnesses claim that helicopters used for the operation launched from French-flagged warships, but that could not be confirmed. A Somali-based al-Qaida affiliated group, the Al-Shabaab, has confirmed the death of "sheik commander" Saleh Ali Saleh Nabhan along with an unspecified number of militants. Nabhan, a Kenyan, was wanted in connection with the 2002 Mombasa attacks.
Operation Enduring Freedom – Philippines
In January 2002, the United States Special Operations Command, Pacific deployed to the Philippines to advise and assist the Armed Forces of the Philippines in combating Filipino Islamist groups. The operations were mainly focused on removing the Abu Sayyaf group and Jemaah Islamiyah (JI) from their stronghold on the island of Basilan. The second portion of the operation was conducted as a humanitarian program called "Operation Smiles". The goal of the program was to provide medical care and services to the region of Basilan as part of a "Hearts and Minds" program. Joint Special Operations Task Force – Philippines disbanded in June 2014, ending a 14-year mission. After JSOTF-P disbanded, as late as November 2014, American forces continued to operate in the Philippines under the name "PACOM Augmentation Team".
The United States has also conducted a series of military strikes on al-Qaeda militants in Yemen since the War on Terror began. Yemen has a weak central government and a powerful tribal system that leaves large lawless areas open for militant training and operations. Al-Qaeda has a strong presence in the country. In 31 March 2011, AQAP declared the Al-Qaeda Emirate in Yemen after its captured most of Abyan Governorate.
The U.S., in an effort to support Yemeni counter-terrorism efforts, has increased their military aid package to Yemen from less than $11 million in 2006 to more than $70 million in 2009, as well as providing up to $121 million for development over the next three years.
On 19 March 2011, a multi-state coalition began a military intervention in Libya, ostensibly to implement United Nations Security Council Resolution 1973. The United Nations Intent and Voting was to have "an immediate ceasefire in Libya, including an end to the current attacks against civilians, which it said might constitute crimes against humanity" ... "imposing a ban on all flights in the country's airspace – a no-fly zone – and tightened sanctions on the Qadhafi regime and its supporters." The resolution was taken in response to events during the Libyan Civil War, and military operations began, with American and British naval forces firing over 110 Tomahawk cruise missiles, the French Air Force, British Royal Air Force, and Royal Canadian Air Force undertaking sorties across Libya and a naval blockade by Coalition forces. French jets launched air strikes against Libyan Army tanks and vehicles. The Libyan government response to the campaign was totally ineffectual, with Gaddafi's forces not managing to shoot down a single NATO plane despite the country possessing 30 heavy SAM batteries, 17 medium SAM batteries, 55 light SAM batteries (a total of 400-450 launchers, including 130-150 SA-6 launchers and some SA-8 launchers), and 440-600 short-ranged air-defense guns. The official names for the interventions by the coalition members are Opération Harmattan by France; Operation Ellamy by the United Kingdom; Operation Mobile for the Canadian participation and Operation Odyssey Dawn for the United States.
From the beginning of the intervention, the initial coalition of Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Italy, Norway, Qatar, Spain, UK and US expanded to nineteen states, with newer states mostly enforcing the no-fly zone and naval blockade or providing military logistical assistance. The effort was initially largely led by France and the United Kingdom, with command shared with the United States. NATO took control of the arms embargo on 23 March, named Operation Unified Protector. An attempt to unify the military command of the air campaign (whilst keeping political and strategic control with a small group), first failed over objections by the French, German, and Turkish governments. On 24 March, NATO agreed to take control of the no-fly zone, while command of targeting ground units remains with coalition forces. The handover occurred on 31 March 2011 at 06:00 UTC (08:00 local time). NATO flew 26,500 sorties since it took charge of the Libya mission on 31 March 2011.
Fighting in Libya ended in late October following the death of Muammar Gaddafi, and NATO stated it would end operations over Libya on 31 October 2011. Libya's new government requested that its mission be extended to the end of the year, but on 27 October, the Security Council voted to end NATO's mandate for military action on 31 October.
Other military operations
Operation Active Endeavour
Operation Active Endeavour is a naval operation of NATO started in October 2001 in response to the 11 September attacks. It operates in the Mediterranean and is designed to prevent the movement of militants or weapons of mass destruction and to enhance the security of shipping in general.
Fighting in Kashmir
In a 'Letter to American People' written by Osama bin Laden in 2002, he stated that one of the reasons he was fighting America is because of its support of India on the Kashmir issue. While on a trip to Delhi in 2002, U.S. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld suggested that Al-Qaeda was active in Kashmir, though he did not have any hard evidence. An investigation in 2002 unearthed evidence that Al-Qaeda and its affiliates were prospering in Pakistan-administered Kashmir with tacit approval of Pakistan's National Intelligence agency Inter-Services Intelligence. A team of Special Air Service and Delta Force was sent into Indian-administered Kashmir in 2002 to hunt for Osama bin Laden after reports that he was being sheltered by the Kashmiri militant group Harkat-ul-Mujahideen. U.S. officials believed that Al-Qaeda was helping organize a campaign of terror in Kashmir in order to provoke conflict between India and Pakistan. Fazlur Rehman Khalil, the leader of the Harkat-ul-Mujahideen, signed al-Qaeda's 1998 declaration of holy war, which called on Muslims to attack all Americans and their allies. Indian sources claimed that In 2006, Al-Qaeda claimed they had established a wing in Kashmir; this worried the Indian government. India also claimed that Al-Qaeda has strong ties with the Kashmir militant groups Lashkar-e-Taiba and Jaish-e-Mohammed in Pakistan. While on a visit to Pakistan in January 2010, U.S. Defense secretary Robert Gates stated that Al-Qaeda was seeking to destabilize the region and planning to provoke a nuclear war between India and Pakistan.
In September 2009, a U.S. Drone strike reportedly killed Ilyas Kashmiri, who was the chief of Harkat-ul-Jihad al-Islami, a Kashmiri militant group associated with Al-Qaeda. Kashmiri was described by Bruce Riedel as a 'prominent' Al-Qaeda member, while others described him as the head of military operations for Al-Qaeda. Waziristan had now become the new battlefield for Kashmiri militants, who were now fighting NATO in support of Al-Qaeda. On 8 July 2012, Al-Badar Mujahideen, a breakaway faction of Kashmir centric terror group Hizbul Mujahideen, on conclusion of their two-day Shuhada Conference called for mobilisation of resources for continuation of jihad in Kashmir.
American military intervention in Cameroon
In October 2015, the US began deploying 300 military personnel to Cameroon, with the invitation of the Cameroonian government, to support African forces in a non-combat role in their fight against ISIS insurgency in that country. The troops' primary missions will revolve around providing intelligence support to local forces as well as conducting reconnaissance flights.
International military support
The invasion of Afghanistan is seen to have been the first action of this war, and initially involved forces from the United States, the United Kingdom, and the Afghan Northern Alliance. Since the initial invasion period, these forces were augmented by troops and aircraft from Australia, Canada, Denmark, France, Italy, Netherlands, New Zealand and Norway amongst others. In 2006, there were about 33,000 troops in Afghanistan.
On 12 September 2001, less than 24 hours after the 11 September attacks in New York City and Washington, D.C., NATO invoked Article 5 of the North Atlantic Treaty and declared the attacks to be an attack against all 19 NATO member countries. Australian Prime Minister John Howard also declared that Australia would invoke the ANZUS Treaty along similar lines.
In the following months, NATO took a wide range of measures to respond to the threat of terrorism. On 22 November 2002, the member states of the Euro-Atlantic Partnership Council (EAPC) decided on a Partnership Action Plan against Terrorism, which explicitly states, "EAPC States are committed to the protection and promotion of fundamental freedoms and human rights, as well as the rule of law, in combating terrorism." NATO started naval operations in the Mediterranean Sea designed to prevent the movement of terrorists or weapons of mass destruction as well as to enhance the security of shipping in general called Operation Active Endeavour.
Support for the U.S. cooled when America made clear its determination to invade Iraq in late 2002. Even so, many of the "coalition of the willing" countries that unconditionally supported the U.S.-led military action have sent troops to Afghanistan, particular neighboring Pakistan, which has disowned its earlier support for the Taliban and contributed tens of thousands of soldiers to the conflict. Pakistan was also engaged in the War in North-West Pakistan (Waziristan War). Supported by U.S. intelligence, Pakistan was attempting to remove the Taliban insurgency and al-Qaeda element from the northern tribal areas.
Terrorist attacks and failed plots since 9/11
|This section does not cite any sources. (August 2015) (Learn how and when to remove this template message)|
Since 9/11, Al-Qaeda and other affiliated radical Islamist groups have executed attacks in several parts of the world where conflicts are not taking place. Whereas countries like Pakistan have suffered hundreds of attacks killing tens of thousands and displacing many more.
- The 2002 Bali bombings in Indonesia were committed by various members of Jemaah Islamiyah, an organization linked to Al-Qaeda.
- The 2003 Casablanca bombings were carried out by Salafia Jihadia, an Al-Qaeda affiliate.
- After the 2003 Istanbul bombings, Turkey charged 74 people with involvement, including Syrian Al-Qaeda member Loai al-Saqa.
- The 2004 Madrid train bombings in Spain were "inspired by" Al-Qaeda, though no direct involvement has been established.
- The 7 July 2005 London bombings in the United Kingdom were perpetrated by 4 homegrown terrorists, one of whom appeared in an edited video with a known Al-Qaeda operative, though the British government denies Al-Qaeda involvement.
- Al Qaeda claimed responsibility for the 11 April 2007 Algiers bombings in Algeria.
- The 2007 Glasgow International Airport attack in the United Kingdom was carried out by a pair of bombers whose laptops and suicide notes included videos and speeches referencing Al-Qaeda, though no direct involvement was established.
- The 2009 Fort Hood shooting in the United States was committed by Nidal Malik Hasan, who had been in communication with Anwar al-Awlaki, though the Department of Defense classifies the shooting as an incidence of workplace violence.
- Morocco blames Al-Qaeda for the 2011 Marrakech bombing, though Al-Qaeda denies involvement.
- The 2012 Toulouse and Montauban shootings in France were committed by Mohammed Merah, who reportedly had familial ties to Al-Qaeda, along with a history of petty crime and psychological issues. Merah claimed ties to Al-Qaeda, though French authorities deny any connection.
- To date, no one has been convicted for the 2012 U.S. Consulate attack in Benghazi in Libya and no one has claimed responsibility. Branches of Al-Qaeda, Al-Qaeda affiliates, and individuals "sympathetic to Al-Qaeda" are blamed.
- The gunmen in the 2015 Charlie Hebdo shooting in Paris identified themselves as belonging to Al-Qaeda's branch in Yemen.
There may also have been several additional planned attacks that were not successful.
- 2004 financial buildings plot (United States and the United Kingdom)
- 21 July 2005 London bombings (United Kingdom)
- 2006 Toronto terrorism plot (Canada)
- 2006 transatlantic aircraft plot involving liquid explosives carried onto commercial airplanes
- 2006 Hudson River bomb plot (United States)
- 2007 Fort Dix attack plot (United States)
- 2007 London car bombs (United Kingdom)
- 2007 John F. Kennedy International Airport attack plot (United States)
- 2009 Bronx terrorism plot (United States)
- 2009 New York City Subway and United Kingdom plot (United States and the United Kingdom)
- 2009 Northwest Airlines Flight 253 bombing plot (United States)
- 2010 Stockholm bombings (Sweden)
- 2010 Times Square car bombing attempt (United States)
- 2010 cargo plane bomb plot (United States)
- 2010 Portland car bomb plot (United States)
- 2011 Manhattan terrorism plot (United States)
- 2013 VIA Rail Canada terrorism plot (Canada)
Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL)
- 2013 Reyhanlı bombings in Turkey that led to 52 deaths and the injury of 140 people.
- 2014 Canadian parliament shootings, an ISIL-inspired attack on Canada's parliament, resulting in the death of a Canadian soldier, as well as that of the perpetrator.
- 2015 Porte de Vincennes siege perpetrated by Amedy Coulibaly in Paris, which led to four deaths and the injury of nine others.
- 2015 Corinthia Hotel attack on 27 January in Libya that led to 10 deaths.
- 2015 Sana'a mosque bombings on 20 March that led to the death of 142 and injury of 351 people.
- 2015 Curtis Culwell Center attack on 3 May 2015, that led to the injury of one security officer.
- November 2015 Paris attacks on the 13th that left at least 132 dead and injured at least 352 civilians, caused France to be put under a state of emergency, close its borders and deploy three French contingency plans. Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attacks, with French President François Hollande later stated the attacks were carried out "by the Islamic state with internal help".
- 2015 San Bernardino attack on 2 December 2015, two gunmen attacked a county building in San Bernardino, California killing 16 people and injuring 24 others.
- 2016 Brussels bombing on 22 March 2016 two bombing attacks, first at Brussels Airport and the second at the Maalbeek/Maelbeek metro station, killed 35 people and injured more than 300.
- 2016 Orlando nightclub shooting on 12 June 2016 a gunman opened fire at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida killing 50 people and injuring 53 others. It is the worst terrorist attack on US soil since 11 September 2001 
So far, there has been only one failed plot by ISIL:
- 2014 mass-beheading plot in Australia
U.S. military aid to other countries
||The neutrality of this article is disputed. (January 2016) (Learn how and when to remove this template message)|
In the three years before the attacks of 11 September, Pakistan received approximately US$9 million in American military aid. In the three years after, the number increased to US$4.2 billion, making it the country with the maximum funding post 9/11.
Brahamdagh Bugti stated in a 2008 interview that he would accept aid from India, Afghanistan, and Iran in defending Baluchistan. Pakistan has repeatedly accused India of supporting Baloch rebels, and Wright-Neville writes that outside Pakistan, some Western observers also believe that India secretly funds the Balochistan Liberation Army (BLA).
Post 9/11 events inside the United States
In addition to military efforts abroad, in the aftermath of 9/11 the Bush Administration increased domestic efforts to prevent future attacks. Various government bureaucracies that handled security and military functions were reorganized. A new cabinet-level agency called the United States Department of Homeland Security was created in November 2002 to lead and coordinate the largest reorganization of the U.S. federal government since the consolidation of the armed forces into the Department of Defense.
The Justice Department launched the National Security Entry-Exit Registration System for certain male non-citizens in the U.S., requiring them to register in person at offices of the Immigration and Naturalization Service.
The USA PATRIOT Act of October 2001 dramatically reduces restrictions on law enforcement agencies' ability to search telephone, e-mail communications, medical, financial, and other records; eases restrictions on foreign intelligence gathering within the United States; expands the Secretary of the Treasury's authority to regulate financial transactions, particularly those involving foreign individuals and entities; and broadens the discretion of law enforcement and immigration authorities in detaining and deporting immigrants suspected of terrorism-related acts. The act also expanded the definition of terrorism to include domestic terrorism, thus enlarging the number of activities to which the USA PATRIOT Act's expanded law enforcement powers could be applied. A new Terrorist Finance Tracking Program monitored the movements of terrorists' financial resources (discontinued after being revealed by The New York Times). Global telecommunication usage, including those with no links to terrorism, is being collected and monitored through the NSA electronic surveillance program. The Patriot Act is still in effect.
Political interest groups have stated that these laws remove important restrictions on governmental authority, and are a dangerous encroachment on civil liberties, possible unconstitutional violations of the Fourth Amendment. On 30 July 2003, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) filed the first legal challenge against Section 215 of the Patriot Act, claiming that it allows the FBI to violate a citizen's First Amendment rights, Fourth Amendment rights, and right to due process, by granting the government the right to search a person's business, bookstore, and library records in a terrorist investigation, without disclosing to the individual that records were being searched. Also, governing bodies in a number of communities have passed symbolic resolutions against the act.
In a speech on 9 June 2005, Bush said that the USA PATRIOT Act had been used to bring charges against more than 400 suspects, more than half of whom had been convicted. Meanwhile, the ACLU quoted Justice Department figures showing that 7,000 people have complained of abuse of the Act.
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) began an initiative in early 2002 with the creation of the Total Information Awareness program, designed to promote information technologies that could be used in counter-terrorism. This program, facing criticism, has since been defunded by Congress.
By 2003, 12 major conventions and protocols were designed to combat terrorism. These were adopted and ratified by a number of states. These conventions require states to co-operate on principal issues regarding unlawful seizure of aircraft, the physical protection of nuclear materials, and the freezing of assets of militant networks.
In 2005, the UN Security Council adopted Resolution 1624 concerning incitement to commit acts of terrorism and the obligations of countries to comply with international human rights laws. Although both resolutions require mandatory annual reports on counter-terrorism activities by adopting nations, the United States and Israel have both declined to submit reports. In the same year, the United States Department of Defense and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff issued a planning document, by the name "National Military Strategic Plan for the War on Terrorism", which stated that it constituted the "comprehensive military plan to prosecute the Global War on Terror for the Armed Forces of the United States...including the findings and recommendations of the 9/11 Commission and a rigorous examination with the Department of Defense".
On 9 January 2007, the House of Representatives passed a bill, by a vote of 299–128, enacting many of the recommendations of the 9/11 Commission The bill passed in the U.S. Senate, by a vote of 60–38, on 13 March 2007 and it was signed into law on 3 August 2007 by President Bush. It became Public Law 110-53. In July 2012, U.S. Senate passed a resolution urging that the Haqqani Network be designated a foreign terrorist organisation.
The Office of Strategic Influence was secretly created after 9/11 for the purpose of coordinating propaganda efforts, but was closed soon after being discovered. The Bush administration implemented the Continuity of Operations Plan (or Continuity of Government) to ensure that U.S. government would be able to continue in catastrophic circumstances.
Since 9/11, extremists made various attempts to attack the United States, with varying levels of organization and skill. For example, vigilant passengers aboard a transatlantic flight prevented Richard Reid, in 2001, and Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, in 2009, from detonating an explosive device.
Other terrorist plots have been stopped by federal agencies using new legal powers and investigative tools, sometimes in cooperation with foreign governments.
Such thwarted attacks include:
- The 2001 shoe bomb plot
- A plan to crash airplanes into the U.S. Bank Tower (aka Library Tower) in Los Angeles
- The 2003 plot by Iyman Faris to blow up the Brooklyn Bridge in New York City
- The 2004 Financial buildings plot, which targeted the International Monetary Fund and World Bank buildings in Washington, D.C., the New York Stock Exchange and other financial institutions
- The 2004 Columbus Shopping Mall Bombing Plot
- The 2006 Sears Tower plot
- The 2007 Fort Dix attack plot
- The 2007 John F. Kennedy International Airport attack plot
- The New York Subway Bombing Plot and 2010 Times Square car bombing attempt
There is no widely agreed on figure for the number of people that have been killed so far in the War on Terror as it has been defined by the Bush Administration to include the war in Afghanistan, the war in Iraq, and operations elsewhere. Some estimates include the following:
- Iraq: 62,570 to 1,124,000
- Iraq Body Count project documented 110,937–121,227 civilian deaths from violence from March 2003 to December 2012.
- 110,600 deaths in total according to the Associated Press from March 2003 to April 2009.
- 151,000 deaths in total according to the Iraq Family Health Survey.
- Opinion Research Business (ORB) poll conducted 12–19 August 2007 estimated 1,033,000 violent deaths due to the Iraq War. The range given was 946,000 to 1,120,000 deaths. A nationally representative sample of approximately 2,000 Iraqi adults answered whether any members of their household (living under their roof) were killed due to the Iraq War. 22% of the respondents had lost one or more household members. ORB reported that "48% died from a gunshot wound, 20% from the impact of a car bomb, 9% from aerial bombardment, 6% as a result of an accident and 6% from another blast/ordnance."
- Between 392,979 and 942,636 estimated Iraqi (655,000 with a confidence interval of 95%), civilian and combatant, according to the second Lancet survey of mortality.
- A minimum of 62,570 civilian deaths reported in the mass media up to 28 April 2007 according to Iraq Body Count project.
- 4,409 U.S. military dead (929 non-hostile deaths), and 31,926 wounded in action during Operation Iraqi Freedom. 66 U.S. Military dead (28 non-hostile deaths), and 295 wounded in action during Operation New Dawn.
- Afghanistan: between 10,960 and 249,000
- According to Marc W. Herold's extensive database, between 3,100 and 3,600 civilians were directly killed by U.S. Operation Enduring Freedom bombing and Special Forces attacks between 7 October 2001 and 3 June 2003. This estimate counts only "impact deaths"—deaths that occurred in the immediate aftermath of an explosion or shooting—and does not count deaths that occurred later as a result of injuries sustained, or deaths that occurred as an indirect consequence of the U.S. airstrikes and invasion.
- In a pair of January 2002 studies, Carl Conetta of the Project on Defense Alternatives estimates that "at least" 4,200–4,500 civilians were killed by mid-January 2002 as a result of the war and Coalition airstrikes, both directly as casualties of the aerial bombing campaign, and indirectly in the resulting humanitarian crisis.
- His first study, "Operation Enduring Freedom: Why a Higher Rate of Civilian Bombing Casualties?", released 18 January 2002, estimates that, at the low end, "at least" 1,000–1,300 civilians were directly killed in the aerial bombing campaign in just the 3 months between 7 October 2001 to 1 January 2002. The author found it impossible to provide an upper-end estimate to direct civilian casualties from the Operation Enduring Freedom bombing campaign that he noted as having an increased use of cluster bombs. In this lower-end estimate, only Western press sources were used for hard numbers, while heavy "reduction factors" were applied to Afghan government reports so that their estimates were reduced by as much as 75%.
- In his companion study, "Strange Victory: A critical appraisal of Operation Enduring Freedom and the Afghanistan war", released 30 January 2002, Conetta estimates that "at least" 3,200 more Afghans died by mid-January 2002, of "starvation, exposure, associated illnesses, or injury sustained while in flight from war zones", as a result of the war and Coalition airstrikes.
- In similar numbers, a Los Angeles Times review of U.S., British, and Pakistani newspapers and international wire services found that between 1,067 and 1,201 direct civilian deaths were reported by those news organizations during the five months from 7 October 2001 to 28 February 2002. This review excluded all civilian deaths in Afghanistan that did not get reported by U.S., British, or Pakistani news, excluded 497 deaths that did get reported in U.S., British, and Pakistani news but that were not specifically identified as civilian or military, and excluded 754 civilian deaths that were reported by the Taliban but not independently confirmed.
- 2,046 U.S. military dead (339 non-hostile deaths), and 18,201 wounded in action.
- A report titled Body Count put together by Physicians for Social Responsibility, Physicians for Global Survival, and International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW) concluded that between 185,000–249,000 people have been killed as a result of the fighting in Afghanistan.
- Pakistan: Between 1467 and 2334 people were killed in U.S. drone attacks as of 6 May 2011. tens of thousands have been killed by terrorist attacks, millions displaced.
- Somalia: 7,000+
- In December 2007, The Elman Peace and Human Rights Organization said it had verified 6,500 civilian deaths, 8,516 people wounded, and 1.5 million displaced from homes in Mogadishu alone during the year 2007.
Total American casualties from the War on Terror
(this includes fighting throughout the world):
|U.S. Military killed||6,639|
|U.S. Military wounded||50,422|
|U.S. DoD Civilians killed||16|
|U.S. Civilians killed (includes 9/11 and after)||3,000 +|
|U.S. Civilians wounded/injured||6,000 +|
|Total Americans killed (military and civilian)||9,655 +|
|Total Americans wounded/injured||56,422 +|
Total terrorists casualties
On December 7, 2015, the Washington post reported that since 2001, in five theatres of the war (Afghanistan, Iraq, Yemen, Syria and Somalia) that the total number of terrorists killed ranges from 65,800 to 88,600, with Obama administration being responsible for between 30,000 and 33,000.
A March 2011 Congressional report estimated spending related to the war through fiscal year 2011 at $1.2 trillion, and that spending through 2021 assuming a reduction to 45,000 troops would be $1.8 trillion. A June 2011 academic report covering additional areas of spending related to the war estimated it through 2011 at $2.7 trillion, and long-term spending at $5.4 trillion including interest.[note 4]
According to the Soufan Group in July 2015, the United States government spends $9.4 million per day in operations against ISIS in Syria and Iraq.
|Expense||CRS/CBO (Billions US$):||Watson (Billions constant US$):|
|War appropriations to DoD||1208.1||1311.5|
|War appropriations to DoS/USAid||66.7||74.2|
|Interest paid on DoD war appropriations||185.4|
|Additions to DoD base spending||362.2–652.4|
|Additions to Homeland Security base spending||401.2|
|Social costs to veterans and military families to date||295-400|
|FY2012 DoD request||118.4|
|FY2012 DoS/USAid request||12.1|
|Projected 2013–2015 war spending||168.6|
|Projected 2016–2020 war spending||155|
|Projected obligations for veterans' care to 2051||589–934|
|Additional interest payments to 2020||1000|
Criticism of the War on Terror addresses the issues, morality, efficiency, economics, and other questions surrounding the War on Terror and made against the phrase itself, calling it a misnomer. The notion of a "war" against "terrorism" has proven highly contentious, with critics charging that it has been exploited by participating governments to pursue long-standing policy/military objectives, reduce civil liberties, and infringe upon human rights. It is argued that the term war is not appropriate in this context (as in War on Drugs), since there is no identifiable enemy, and that it is unlikely international terrorism can be brought to an end by military means.
Other critics, such as Francis Fukuyama, note that "terrorism" is not an enemy, but a tactic; calling it a "war on terror", obscures differences between conflicts such as anti-occupation insurgents and international mujahideen. With a military presence in Iraq and Afghanistan and its associated collateral damage Shirley Williams maintains this increases resentment and terrorist threats against the West. There is also perceived U.S. hypocrisy, media-induced hysteria, and that differences in foreign and security policy have damaged America's internationally.
Other Wars on Terror
In the 2010s, China has also been engaged in its own War on Terror, predominantly a domestic campaign in response to violent actions by Uighur separatist movements in the Xinjiang conflict. This campaign was largely criticized in international media due to the perception that it unfairly targets and persecutes Chinese Muslims, potentially resulting in negative backlash from China's predominantly Muslim Uighur population.
Russia has also been engaged in its own, also largely internally focused, counter-terrorism campaign often termed a war on terror, during the Second Chechen War, the Insurgency in the North Caucasus, and the Russian military intervention in the Syrian Civil War. Like China's war on terror, Russia's has also been focused on separatist and Islamist movements that use political violence to achieve their ends.
- Appeal to fear
- Attacks on U.S. consulate in Karachi
- Axis of evil
- Bush Doctrine
- Culture of fear
- Foreign policy of the United States
- Iran and state-sponsored terrorism
- List of military operations in the War in Afghanistan (2001–present)
- Nuclear terrorism
- Pakistan–United States relations
- Saudi Arabia and terrorism
- State Sponsors of Terrorism
- Targeted killing
- Timeline of the War on Terror
- Timeline of United States military operations
- United States and state terrorism
- Origins date back to the 1980s.
- Origins date back to the 1980s.
- Former army chief.
- Among costs not covered by these figures are off-DoD spending beyond 2012, economic opportunity costs, state and local expenses not reimbursed by the federal government, nor reimbursements made to foreign coalition allies for their expenses.
- Sebastian Payne (25 September 2014). "What the 60-plus members of the anti-Islamic State coalition are doing". Washington Post.
- "Bangladesh". Coalition Contires. United States Central Command. Retrieved 4 December 2014.
- Vasudevan Sridharan. "Cyprus offers its airbase to France to bomb Isis targets". International Business Times UK. Retrieved 29 December 2015.
- "Allies Express Support for U.S. War on Terror". Retrieved 23 October 2014.
- Stout, David (31 July 2006). "Bush Ties Battle With Hezbollah to War on Terror". The New York Times.
- Williams, Dan (2014-09-08). "Israel provides intelligence on Islamic State: Western diplomat". Reuters/Yahoo! News. Retrieved 2014-09-27.
- "Israel urges global spies to pool resources on IS". AFP/Yahoo! News. 2014-09-09. Retrieved 2014-09-27.
- "Backing Kuwait's Stand against Terrorism". washingtoninstitute.org.
- Elisa Vásquez. "Panama Joins Coalition against ISIS Despite Having No Army". PanAm Post.
- "Saudi Arabia's Shifting War on Terror". Washington Institute. Retrieved January 2, 2015.
- Mike Levine; James Gordon Meek; Pierre Thomas; Lee Ferran (23 September 2014). "What Is the Khorasan Group, Targeted By US in Syria?". ABC News. Retrieved 18 October 2014.
- "Wilayat al-Yemen: The Islamic State's New Front". Jamestown Foundation. Retrieved 15 March 2016.
- Schanzer, Jonathan (2011-05-02). "The Hamas-al Qaeda Alliance". The Weekly Standard. Retrieved 2014-09-27.
- Bush, George W. (2010). Decision Points. Crown Publishers. pp. 399–400.
Palestinian extremists, many affiliated with the terrorist group Hamas, launched a wave of terrorist attacks against innocent civilians in Israel...My views [on Israel and Hamas] came into sharper focus after 9/11.
- Halevi, Jonathan D. (2014-08-04). "The Hamas Threat to the West Is No Different from ISIS". Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs. Retrieved 2014-09-29.
- Thiessen, Marc A. (2011-12-08). "Iran responsible for 1998 U.S. embassy bombings". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2014-09-26.
- "U.S. District Court Rules Iran Behind 9/11 Attacks". PRNewswire. 2011-12-23. Retrieved 2014-09-27.
- Bush, George W. (2010). Decision Points. Crown Publishers. pp. 413–414.
Israel's war against Hezbollah in Lebanon was another defining moment in the ideological struggle.
- Levitt, Matthew (2013). Hezbollah: The Global Footprint of Lebanon's Party of God. Georgetown University Press. p. 297.
Hezbollah created Unit 3800, a unit dedicated to supporting Iraq Shi'a terrorist groups targeting multinational forces in Iraq.
- Penney, Joe (5 October 2011). "The 'War on Terror' rages in the Philippines". Al Jazeera. Qatar. Retrieved 6 May 2015.
Abuza, Zachary (September 2005). "Balik-Terrorism: The Return of the Abu Sayyag" (PDF). Strategic Studies Institute. United States Army. Retrieved 6 May 2015.
- "Jemaah Islamiyah". Mapping Militant Organizations. Stanford University. 14 February 2012. Retrieved 6 May 2015.
"Profile: Jemaah Islamiah". BBC. United Kingdom. 2 February 2012. Retrieved 6 May 2015. | Jamaah Ansharut Tauhid | al-Qaeda Kurdish Battalions | Al-Qaeda in the Malay Archipelago | Al-Qaeda in Bosnia and Herzegovina | Abdullah Azzam Brigades | Abu Hafs al-Masri Brigades | Tawhid al-Jihad (Gaza Strip) | Al-Qaeda in Sinai Peninsula
- "Pakistan Taliban splinter group vows allegiance to Islamic State". Reuters. 18 November 2014. Retrieved 19 November 2014.
- "ISIS Now Has Military Allies in 11 Countries – NYMag". Daily Intelligencer. Retrieved 25 November 2014.
- "Pakistani splinter group rejoins Taliban amid fears of isolation". Reuters. 12 March 2015. Retrieved 13 March 2015.
- "Obama vs ISIS: This time it's personal". The Daily Beast. 22 August 2014. Retrieved 9 September 2014.
- Baker, Peter; Shear, Michael D. (22 August 2014). "U.S. weighs direct military action against ISIS in Syria". The New York Times. Retrieved 9 September 2014.
- "French hostage beheading: France to boost Syria rebels". BBC News. 25 September 2014. Retrieved 28 September 2014.
- "Islamic State Allies In Egypt Say They Killed American Oil Worker William Henderson". The Huffington Post. 1 December 2014. Retrieved 6 December 2014.
- "Islamic State Kassig murder: Western jihadists probed". BBC.com. 17 November 2014. Retrieved 17 November 2014.
- "Kayla Mueller, American ISIL hostage, is dead", Al Jazeera America, 10 February 2015
- "Egypt 'bombs IS in Libya' after beheadings video". BBC News. 16 February 2015. Retrieved 16 February 2015.
- "Key al-Qaeda figure Muhsin al-Fadhli killed in U.S. airstrike in Syria — Pentagon". BNO News. Retrieved 21 July 2015.
- "Has ISIS Lost Its Head? Power Struggle Erupts with Al-Baghdadi Seriously Wounded". The Daily Beast. 10 May 2015. Retrieved 11 May 2015.
- "Report: A former physics teacher is now leading ISIS – Business Insider". Business Insider. 23 April 2015. Retrieved 25 June 2015.
- "ISIS' Abu Alaa al-Afri killed alongside dozens of followers in air strike – Daily Mail Online". Mail Online. London. 13 May 2015. Retrieved 25 June 2015.
- Matt Bradley and Ghassan Adnan in Baghdad, and Felicia Schwartz in Washington (10 November 2014). "Coalition Airstrikes Targeted Islamic State Leaders Near Mosul". WSJ.
- Alessandria Masi (11 November 2014). "If ISIS Leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi Is Killed, Who Is Caliph Of The Islamic State Group?". International Business Times. Retrieved 25 June 2015.
- "Militant commander Hafiz Saeed killed in Khyber blast". ARY NEWS. 17 April 2015.
- "Uzbek militants in Afghanistan pledge allegiance to ISIS in beheading video". khaama.com. Retrieved 25 June 2015.
- "IMU announces death of emir, names new leader". The Long War Journal. 4 August 2014.
- "Nigeria's Boko Haram pledges allegiance to Islamic State". BBC News. BBC. 7 March 2015. Retrieved 7 March 2015.
- Eric Schmitt; Thom Shanker. "U.S.".
- Shinkman, Paul D. "Obama: 'Global War on Terror' Is Over". U.S. News & World Report. Retrieved 23 March 2015.
- "Bush likens 'war on terror' to WWIII". ABC News Online – Abc.net.au. 6 May 2006. Archived from the original on 4 February 2011. Retrieved 26 March 2011.
Thomas L. Friedman (13 September 2009). "Foreign Affairs; World War III". The New York Times. Retrieved 10 November 2009.
"World War II Strikes Spain". Daily News. New York. 12 March 2004. Archived from the original on 2012-10-26. Retrieved 10 November 2009.
- Charles Feldman & Stan Wilson (3 April 2003). "Ex-CIA director: U.S. faces 'World War IV'". CNN. Archived from the original on 27 July 2008.
Coman, Julian (13 April 2003). "'We want them to be nervous' (That means you Ali, Bashar and Kim)". The Daily Telegraph. London. Retrieved 9 November 2009.
Elio A. Cohen (20 November 2001). "World War IV". The Wall Street Journal. Archived from the original on 6 April 2004. Retrieved 9 November 2009.
- Thompson, Mark (26 December 2008). "The $1 Trillion Bill for Bush's War on Terror". TIME. Retrieved 26 March 2011.
Priest, Dana (23 January 2009). "Bush's 'War' On Terror Comes to a Sudden End". The Washington Post. Retrieved 26 March 2011.
"Bush's War On Terror Shifting Targets". CBS News. 28 January 2008. Retrieved 26 March 2011.
- "The Long War Against Terrorism". Web.archive.org. 9 September 2005. Archived from the original on 9 September 2005. Retrieved 2 January 2012.
Brownstein, Ronald (6 March 2015). "The Long War". National Journal. Atlantic Media. Retrieved 10 March 2015.
- "Abizaid Credited With Popularizing the Term 'Long War'", 3 February 2006: Washington Post traces history of the phrase "Long War" 
- "Joint Forces Intelligence Command.". Web.archive.org. 4 February 2005. Archived from the original on 4 February 2005. Retrieved 2 January 2012.
"Eric L. Bradley, Deputy Commander". 8tharmy.korea.army.mil. Archived from the original on 27 March 2012. Retrieved 2 January 2012.
"Compensation Package for Bomb Blast Victims.". Bisp.gov.pk. 1 January 1970. Archived from the original on 29 December 2011. Retrieved 2 January 2012.
- Lucas, Fred (7 January 2010). "Obama Declares America 'At War' with Al Qaeda, Offers New Security Initiatives". CNSnews.com. Archived from the original on 13 December 2011. Retrieved 2 January 2012.
Sulmasy, Glenn (20 February 2007). "A new look for the war on al Qaeda". The San Francisco Chronicle.
- Silver, Alexandra (18 March 2010). "How America Became a Surveillance State". Time Magazine. Retrieved 26 March 2011.
- Matt Lauer; Katie Couric; Tom Brokaw (11 September 2001). "Breaking News on September 11th". NBC Learn K-12. NBCUniversal Media. Retrieved 11 September 2012.
- "Kenneth R. Bazinet, "A Fight Vs. Evil, Bush And Cabinet Tell U.S."". Daily News. New York. 17 September 2001. Archived from the original on 5 May 2010. Retrieved 26 March 2011.
- Jonathan Lyons, "Bush enters Mideast's rhetorical minefield" (Reuters: 21 September 2001). Greenspun.com
- "Transcript of President Bush's address". CNN. 20 September 2001.
- Reynolds, Paul (17 April 2007). "Declining use of 'war on terror'". BBC.
- Norton-Taylor, Richard (2 September 2011). "MI5 former chief decries 'war on terror'". The Guardian. London.
- "FULL TRANSCRIPT: President Barack Obama's Inaugural Address". ABC News. 20 January 2009. Retrieved 26 March 2011.
- Scott Wilson & Al Kamen (25 March 2009). "'Global War On Terror' Is Given New Name". The Washington Post. p. A04. Retrieved 14 September 2014.
- Jai Singh and Ajay Singh, "The War on Terror – Over?", Small Wars Journal, 28 August 2012.
- David Kravets, "Former CIA Chief: Obama's War on Terror Same as Bush's, But With More Killing", Wired, 10 September 2012.
- "Pentagon lawyer: War on terror not endless". Las Vegas Sun. Greenspun Media Group. The Associated Press. 1 December 2012. Retrieved 4 December 2012.[dead link]
- Julian E. Barnes (30 November 2012). "Pentagon Lawyer Looks Post-Terror". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 4 December 2012.
- Paul D. Shinkman (23 May 2013). "Obama: 'Global War on Terror' Is Over". U.S. News & World Report. Retrieved 24 June 2013.
- Marc Ambinder (20 May 2010). "The New Term for the War on Terror". The Atlantic. Retrieved 24 June 2013.
- Jackson, Writing the War on Terrorism (2005), p. 8.
- Jackson, Writing the War on Terrorism (2005), p. 62.
- Jackson, Writing the War on Terrorism (2005), pp. 62–75.
- Jackson, Writing the War on Terrorism (2005), pp. 77–80.
- Borhan Uddin Khan and Muhammad Mahbubur Rahman, "Combating Terrorism under Human Rights and Humanitarian Law Regime", Mediterranean Journal of Human Rights, Vol. 12 (Double Issue), 2008, pp.379–397.
- "Civil Rights and the "War on Terror"". amnestyusa.org. Retrieved 2 May 2010.
- Bergen, Peter (2006). The Osama Bin Laden I Know: An Oral History of Al-Qaeda's Leader. Free Press. pp. 60–61.
- The group was also responsible for the 1993 World Trade Center bombing.Megan K. Stack (6 December 2001). "Fighters Hunt Former Ally". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2 May 2010.
- "Al Qaeda's Fatwa". PBS Newshour. 23 February 1998. Archived from the original on 6 September 2011. Retrieved 10 September 2011.
- J. T. Caruso (8 December 2001). "Al-Qaeda International". Federal Bureau of Investigation. United States Department of Justice. Retrieved 10 September 2011.
- Nic Robertson (19 August 2002). "Previously unseen tape shows bin Laden's declaration of war". CNN. Archived from the original on 10 March 2011. Retrieved 10 September 2011.
- Lisa Myers (17 March 2004). "Osama bin Laden: missed opportunities". NBC. Retrieved 10 September 2011.
- "Report of the Accountability Review Boards". U.S. Department of State. 7 August 1998.[dead link]
- "U.S. strikes terrorist targets in Afghanistan, Sudan". CNN. 20 August 1998.
- "U.S. retaliates for Africa bombings". CNN. 20 August 1998.
- Malcolm Clark (20 March 2000). "Bad air and rank hypocrisy". newstatesman.com. Archived from the original on 2007-12-27. Retrieved 2 May 2010.
- Stevel Lee Myers & Tim Weiner (27 August 1998). "Possible Benign Use Is Seen for Chemical at Factory in Sudan". partners.nytimes.com. Retrieved 2 May 2010.
- "What proof of bin Laden's involvement". CNN. 13 September 2001. Archived from the original on 27 September 2012.
- Holmes, Stephen (2006). "Al Qaeda, 11 September 2001". In Diego Gambetta. Making sense of suicide missions. Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-929797-9.
- Keppel, Gilles; Milelli, Jean-Pierre; Ghazaleh, Pascale (2008). Al Qaeda in its own words. Harvard University Press. ISBN 978-0-674-02804-3.
- "Chapter of the 9/11 Commission Report detailing the history of the Hamburg Cell". 9/11 Commission.
- Matthew J. Morgan (4 August 2009). The Impact of 9/11 on Politics and War: The Day that Changed Everything?. Palgrave Macmillan. p. 222. ISBN 0-2306-07632.
- "President Bush Releases National Strategy for Combating Terrorism". 14 February 2003. Retrieved 14 September 2014.
- "Taliban rejects president Bush's demands". PBS. 21 September 2001. Archived from the original on 1 June 2008.
- Shane, Scott (28 November 2009). "Senate Report Explores 2001 Escape by bin Laden From Afghan Mountains". The New York Times. Retrieved 19 January 2011.
- Pilkington, Ed (29 November 2009). "Rumsfeld let Bin Laden escape in 2001, says Senate report". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 19 January 2011.
- Shahzad, Syed Saleem (12 March 2002). "Taliban find unlikely allies". Asia Times Online. Retrieved 19 January 2011.
- "Al Qaeda, Taliban may be regrouping". CNN. 26 March 2002. Archived from the original on 16 September 2011. Retrieved 19 January 2011.
- "Operation Moshtarak: At a glance". Al Jazeera English. 13 February 2010. Retrieved 19 January 2011.
- "Karzai: Afghan forces now in driver's seat, and we're restarting peace talks with Taliban". CBS News. 18 June 2013. Retrieved 14 September 2014.
- Ackerman, Spencer (30 September 2014). "New Afghanistan pact means America's longest war will last until at least 2024". The Guardian. United Kingdom. Retrieved 7 February 2015.
- DeYoung, Karen (26 February 2014). "Defense ministers say NATO is prepared to withdraw all troops from Afghanistan". Washington Post. Retrieved 14 September 2014.
Graham-Harrison, Emma (4 September 2014). "Afghanistan security forces' readiness for Nato withdrawal still a hard sell". The Guardian. Kabul. Retrieved 14 September 2014.
- Ruble, Kayla (29 December 2014). "Taliban Claims 'Defeat' of US and Allies in Afghanistan as NATO Withdraws Troops". Vice. Retrieved 7 February 2015.
Sedghi, Sarah (30 December 2014). "Taliban claims victory as NATO withdraws from Afghanistan". ABC. Australia. Retrieved 7 February 2015.
Johnson, Kay; Macfie, Nick (29 December 2015). "Taliban declare 'defeat' of U.S., allies in Afghanistan". Reuters. Retrieved 7 February 2015.
- Makarechi, Kia (29 December 2014). "Obama Has a Curious Definition for the End of War". Vanity Fair. Condé Nast. Retrieved 8 February 2015.
- "NATO-led Resolute Support Mission in Afghanistan". NATO. 30 January 2015. Retrieved 7 February 2015.
Smith, Josh (16 December 2014). "NATO mission in Afghanistan unlikely to change much". Stars & Stripes. Retrieved 7 February 2015.
- Lamothe, Dan (29 December 2014). "Meet Operation Freedom's Sentinel, the Pentagon's new mission in Afghanistan". Washington Post. Retrieved 2 January 2015.
- "Afghan war cost rise tests US taxpayers' patience". Thenewstribe.com. 29 January 2011. Retrieved 2 January 2012.
- "UK troops take over Afghan duties". BBC. 1 June 2006.
- "Canada set for longer Afghan stay". BBC. 16 June 2006.
- "Australia outlines Afghan force". BBC. 8 May 2006.
- "More Dutch troops for Afghanistan". BBC. 3 February 2006.
- "Iraq accuses U.S., Turkey of 'illegally' meeting with Kurds". CNN. 9 March 2000. Archived from the original on 2008-05-16.
- "Clinton: Iraq has abused its final chance". CNN. 16 December 1998.
- Parker, Nick; McCarthy, Rory (23 March 2003). "Fierce battle around port". The Guardian. Retrieved 17 March 2015.
Mike Ryan (4 December 2003). Baghdad or Bust. Pen and Sword. pp. 136–137. ISBN 978-1-84415-020-5.
Leigh Neville (1 January 2012). Special Operations Forces in Iraq. Osprey Publishing. pp. 10–11. ISBN 978-1-84908-826-8.
- Mary Beth Norton; Carol Sheriff; David M. Katzman; David W. Blight; Howard Chudacoff (30 December 2008). A People and a Nation: A History of the United States, Brief Edition. Cengage Learning. p. 895. ISBN 0-547-17558-2.
John Ehrenberg (1 January 2010). The Iraq Papers. Oxford University Press. pp. 219–225. ISBN 978-0-19-539858-8.
- "President Bush Announces Major Combat Operations in Iraq Have Ended" (Press release). The White House. 1 May 2003.
- MICHAEL WARE (27 June 2004). "Meet The New Jihad". TIME. Retrieved 26 March 2011.
- "Iraq war: Last US combat brigade crosses into Kuwait". CSMonitor.com. 19 August 2010. Retrieved 26 March 2011.
- Shanker, Thom; Schmidt, Michael S.; Worth, Robert F. (15 December 2011). "In Baghdad, Panetta Leads Uneasy Closure to Conflict". The New York Times.
- Price, Bryan; Milton, Dan; al-'Ubaydi, Muhammad (12 June 2014). "CTC Perspectives: Al-Baghdadi's Blitzkrieg, ISIL's Psychological Warfare, and What it Means for Syria and Iraq". Combating Terrorism Center. United States Military Academy. Retrieved 14 September 2014.
- Calamur, Krishnadev (13 June 2014). "ISIS: An Islamist Group Too Extreme Even For Al-Qaida". National Public Radio. Retrieved 14 September 2014.
- "The War between ISIS and al-Qaeda for Supremacy of the Global Jihadist Movement – The Washington Institute for Near East Policy". Retrieved 14 September 2014.
- Sedghi, Ami; Arnett, George (3 September 2014). "US military Isis air strikes in Iraq: day-by-day breakdown". The Guardian. Retrieved 14 September 2014.
- Lamarque, Kevin (9 September 2014). "Obama tells lawmakers he has authorization for Islamic State fight". Reuters. Archived from the original on 9 September 2014. Retrieved 9 September 2014.
- Shinkman, Paul D. (10 September 2014). "Obama Unveils New Islamic State Strategy". U.S. News & World Report. Retrieved 14 September 2014.
- Tilghman, Andrew (2 October 2014). "Pentagon: Medals for new Iraq mission to fall under Operation Enduring Freedom". Army Times. Gannett. Retrieved 4 October 2014.
- Rhodan, Maya (15 October 2014). "U.S. Military Action Against ISIS Deemed 'Operation Inherent Resolve'". TIME.com. TIME. Retrieved 16 October 2014.
- "Musharraf's book says Pakistan faced U.S. 'onslaught' if it didn't back terror war". USA Today. 26 September 2006. Retrieved 14 September 2014.
- Ali, Rafaqat (5 December 2003). "Musharraf vows to root out extremism: Banned outfits won't be allowed to resurface". Dawn.Com. Archived from the original on 17 March 2011. Retrieved 26 March 2011.
- "Musharraf braced for jihadi backlash". Atimes.com. 20 August 2002. Retrieved 26 March 2011.
- "Officials: Captured man says he's al Qaeda brass". CNN. 1 April 2002. Archived from the original on 2006-12-16. Retrieved 9 April 2010.
- "Operation Enduring Freedom | Afghanistan". iCasualties. 28 May 2010. Retrieved 26 March 2011.
- "Bin Laden 'shot in the head and chest'". Dailynews.co.zw. 3 May 2011. Archived from the original on 2012-01-18. Retrieved 2 January 2012.
- Hopkins, Nick (14 January 2013). "Mali conflict: militants killed as French air strikes pound rebel camps". The Guardian. London.
- "COMBINED JOINT TASK FORCE–HORN OF AFRICA". United States Africa Command. Archived from the original on 26 April 2009. Retrieved 19 January 2011.
- "DOD Needs to Determine the Future of Its Horn of Africa Task Force" (PDF). Government Accountability Office. April 2010. Retrieved 19 January 2011.
- "Bin Laden releases Web message on Iraq, Somalia". USA Today. 1 July 2006. Retrieved 2 January 2012.
- "U.S. says al Qaeda behind Somali Islamists". Web.archive.org. 4 February 2008. Archived from the original on 2008-02-04. Retrieved 2 January 2012.
- Burke, Jason (13 June 2004). "Secret world of US jails". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 9 April 2010.
- Stephanie Hanson (2 March 2009). "Backgrounder: Al-Shabaab". The New York Times. Retrieved 4 May 2010.
- "U.S. Launches Attack on Suspected Al Qaeda Members in Somalia". Fox News. 9 January 2007. Retrieved 26 March 2011.
- Youssef, Maamoun (16 September 2009). "Somali al-Qaida group confirms death of leader". Associated Press. Retrieved 17 September 2009.
- "Mother demands to see Nabhan's body". Al Jazerra. 16 September 2009. Retrieved 17 September 2009.
- "Guardians of the Pacific". Special Operations Command, Pacific. 3 January 2009. Retrieved 19 January 2011.
- "Joint Special Operations Task Force – Philippines (JSOTF-P)". GlobalSecurity.org.
- "Improving Lives: Military Humanitarian and Assistance Programs" (PDF). American Institute in Taiwan. November 2004. Archived from the original (PDF) on 13 December 2011. Retrieved 19 January 2011.
- "Operation Enduring Freedom – Philippines". GlobalSecurity.org. Retrieved 19 January 2011.
- "US ends Philippines anti-terror force". The Hindu. Chennai, India. Associated Press. 26 June 2014. Retrieved 3 December 2014.
Gomez, Jim (26 June 2014). "US disbanding Philippines elite anti-terror force". The Philippine Star. Associated Press. Retrieved 3 December 2014.
- Gordon Arthur; James Hardy (6 October 2014). "US, Philippines start 'PHIBLEX' drills as special forces mission draws down". IHS Janes 360. Archived from the original on 17 December 2014. Retrieved 3 December 2014.
- Trevithick, Joseph (5 November 2014). "Yes, American Commandos Are Still in the Philippines". War is boring. Medium.com. Retrieved 2 January 2015.
- "Yemen: new air-strikes target al-Qaeda". World War 4 Report. Retrieved 26 March 2011.
- Spencer, Richard (28 December 2009). "Detroit terror attack: Yemen is the true home of Al-Qaeda". The Daily Telegraph. London. Retrieved 26 December 2010.
- MacLeod, Hugh (28 December 2009). "Al-Qaida: US support for Yemen crackdown led to attack". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 9 April 2010.
- "Security Council Approves 'No-Fly Zone' over Libya, Authorizing 'All Necessary Measures' To Protect Civilians in Libya, by a Vote of Ten For, None Against, with Five Abstentions". United Nations. 17 March 2011. Archived from the original on 19 March 2011. Retrieved 19 March 2011.
- "Libya Live Blog – March 19". Al Jazeera. 19 March 2011. Archived from the original on 19 March 2011. Retrieved 19 March 2011.
- "Libya: US, UK and France attack Gaddafi forces". BBC News. 20 March 2011. Archived from the original on 20 March 2011. Retrieved 20 March 2011.
- "French Fighter Jets Deployed over Libya". CNN. 19 March 2011. Archived from the original on 22 March 2011. Retrieved 19 March 2011.
- "France Uses Unexplosive Bombs in Libya: Spokesman". Xinhua News Agency. 29 April 2011. Retrieved 29 April 2011.
- Gibson, Ginger (8 April 2011). "Polled N.J. Voters Back Obama's Decision To Establish No-Fly Zone in Libya". The Star-Ledger. Retrieved 29 April 2011.
- M. Cherif Bassiouni, "Libya: From Repression to Revolution", Dec 13 2013, p. 138
- "The North African Military Balance", Anthony H. Cordesman, Center for Strategic and International Studies, March 29, 2005, p. 32, p. 36
- "Gunfire, Explosions Heard in Tripoli". CNN. 21 March 2011. Archived from the original on 3 November 2012. Retrieved 20 March 2011.
- "Qatar, several EU states up for Libya action: diplomat". EUbusiness.com. 19 March 2011. Retrieved 26 March 2011.
- "Paris Summit Talks To Launch Military Action in Libya". European Jewish Press. 19 March 2011. Archived from the original on 16 May 2011. Retrieved 26 March 2011.
- "Libya: President Obama Gives Gaddafi Ultimatum". BBC News. 19 March 2011. Archived from the original on 19 March 2011. Retrieved 26 March 2011.
- "Libya: RAF Jets Join Attack on Air Defence Systems". WalesOnline. Retrieved 26 March 2011.
- Batty, David (19 March 2011). "Military Action Begins Against Libya". The Guardian. Archived from the original on 22 March 2011. Retrieved 26 March 2011.
- Norington, Brad (23 March 2011). "Deal Puts NATO at Head of Libyan Operation". The Australian. Retrieved 23 March 2011.
- Traynor, Ian; Watt, Nicholas (23 March 2011). "Libya No-Fly Zone Leadership Squabbles Continue Within Nato". The Guardian. Archived from the original on 26 March 2011. Retrieved 24 March 2011.
- Brunnstrom, David & Taylor, Paul (24 March 2011). "NATO reaches agreement on Libya command (Google cached page)". National Post.
- "NATO to police Libya no-fly zone". Al Jazeera. 24 March 2011.
- Burns, Robert; Werner, Erica (24 March 2011). "NATO Agrees To Take Over Command of Libya No-Fly Zone, U.S. Likely To Remain in Charge of Brunt of Combat". Huffington Post. Washington D.C. Associated Press. Retrieved 16 January 2012.
- "Libya's Mustafa Abdul Jalil asks Nato to stay longer". BBC. 26 October 2011. Retrieved 27 October 2011.
- "UN Security Council votes to end Libya operations". BBC News. 27 October 2011. Retrieved 27 October 2011.
- "Operation Active Endeavour". NATO. 10 November 2010. Retrieved 19 January 2011.
- John Pike. "Osama bin Laden "letter to the American people"". Retrieved 14 September 2014.
- "Full text: bin Laden's 'letter to America'". the Guardian. London. 24 November 2002. Retrieved 14 September 2014.
- Abbas, Zaffar (13 June 2002). "Analysis: Is al-Qaeda in Kashmir?". BBC News. Retrieved 14 September 2014.
- "Rumsfeld offers US technology to guard Kashmir border". The Sydney Morning Herald. 14 June 2002. Retrieved 14 September 2014.
- "Al Qaeda thriving in Pakistani Kashmir". The Christian Science Monitor. 2 July 2002. Retrieved 14 September 2014.
- Smith, Michael (23 February 2002). "SAS joins Kashmir hunt for bin Laden". Telegraph.co.uk. London. Retrieved 14 September 2014.
- "Kashmir Militant Extremists". Council on Foreign Relations. Retrieved 14 September 2014.
- Al-Qaeda claim of Kashmir link worries India, The New York Times, 13 July 2006
- "No Al Qaeda presence in Kashmir: Army". The Hindu. Chennai, India. 18 June 2007. Retrieved 2 February 2010.
- Al Qaeda could provoke new India-Pakistan war: Gates at the Wayback Machine (archived 23 January 2010)[dead link], Dawn, 20 January 2010
- US drones killed two terrorist leaders in Pak at the Wayback Machine (archived 23 September 2009)[dead link], Dawn, 17 September 2009
- Chicago Man Pleads Not Guilty in Terror Cases, The New York Times, 25 January 2010
- Bruce Riedel (15 December 2009). "Al Qaeda's American Mole". The Brookings Institution. Retrieved 14 September 2014.
- Ilyas Kashmiri alive, lays out future terror strategy, Daily Times (Pakistan), 15 October 2009 Archived 6 June 2011 at the Wayback Machine.
- Ilyas Kashmiri had planned to attack COAS, The News International, 18 September 2009[dead link]
- "'Militants recruit in Rawalpindi for anti-India activities'". 10 July 2012.
- "Obama to deploy 300 US troops to Cameroon to fight Boko Haram | World news". The Guardian. Retrieved 2015-10-25.
- "US troops deployed to Cameroon for Boko Haram fight". Al Jazeera English. 2015-10-14. Retrieved 2015-10-25.
- "PM speaks on Ansett collapse, Anzus treaty". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 14 September 2001. Retrieved 19 January 2011.
- "Partnership Action Plan against Terrorism" (PDF). NATO. 22 November 2002. Retrieved 19 January 2011.[dead link]
- "New frontline in the war on terror.".
- "Paris attacks: Suspect on the run as terror raids end in failure — latest news". Telegraph.co.uk. Retrieved 2015-11-16.
- "L'organisation État islamique revendique les attentats de Paris" (in French). France 24. 14 November 2015. Retrieved 14 November 2015.
- "Paris attacks: Hollande blames Islamic State for 'act of war'". BBC News. Retrieved 14 November 2015.
- "Bugti's grandson ready to accept help from India". News.oneindia.in. 24 July 2008. Retrieved 19 May 2012.
- Butt, Qaiser. "Balochistan conflict: 'PM's talks with leaders unlikely to succeed'". The Express Tribune. Retrieved 17 December 2011.
- "No evidence that India aiding Pak Baloch rebels". The Indian Express. 27 May 2009. Retrieved 21 December 2010.
- David Wright-Neville (11 May 2010). Dictionary of Terrorism (1st ed.). Polity. pp. 48–49. ISBN 978-0745643021. Retrieved 3 June 2012.
- "The double danger of the NSA's 'collect it all' policy on surveillance | Rachel Levinson-Waldman | Comment is free". theguardian.com. Retrieved 2014-02-27.
- "American Libraries – First Patriot Act Challenge Filed by ACLU". ALA. 4 August 2003. Retrieved 26 March 2011.
- Cindy C Combs (2003), Terrorism in the Twenty First Century, (3rd Edition, New Jersey: Pearsons Educ. Inc.)
- "UN Security Council Counter-Terrorism Committee". United Nations. Archived from the original on 11 June 2010. Retrieved 26 March 2011.
- "U.S. Senate: Roll Call Vote". senate.gov. 27 January 2015. Retrieved 25 June 2015.
- "US Cong votes for designating Haqqani network as terror group". 28 July 2012.
- Goldstein, Joshua S. "Think Again: War". Foreign Policy Magazine, 15 August 2011.
- Staff writer (23 October 2010). "Iraq War Logs: What the Numbers Reveal". Iraq Body Count. Retrieved 20 November 2010.
- "Civilian deaths from violence in 2003–2011". Iraq Body Count. 2 January 2012. Retrieved 2012-10-10.
- "Civilian deaths from violence in 2012". Iraq Body Count. 1 January 2013.
- Associated Press, 14 October 2009
- "Iraq Family Health Survey". Retrieved 14 September 2014.
- "More than 1,000,000 Iraqis murdered" at the Wayback Machine (archived 2 October 2007)[dead link]. September 2007. Opinion Research Business. PDF report: Opinion.co.uk Archived 25 September 2007 at the Wayback Machine.
- "Poll: Civilian Death Toll in Iraq May Top 1 Million". Common Dreams. Retrieved 14 September 2014.
- "Greenspan Admits Iraq was About Oil, As Deaths Put at 1.2 Million". Common Dreams. Retrieved 14 September 2014.
- "IraqBodyCount". IraqBodyCount. Retrieved 26 March 2011.
- "OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM (OIF) U.S. CASUALTY STATUS *" (PDF). American Forces Press Service. United States Department of Defense. 18 January 2013. Archived from the original (PDF) on 16 January 2013. Retrieved 19 January 2013.
- "Body Count – Casualty Figures after 10 Years of the "War on Terror" – Iraq Afghanistan Pakistan" (PDF), by IPPNW, PGS and PSR, p. 78, First international edition (March 2015)
Gabriela Motroc (7 April 2015). "U.S. War on Terror has reportedly killed 1.3 million people in a decade". Australian National Review.
"220,000 killed in US war in Afghanistan 80,000 in Pakistan: report". Daily Times. 30 March 2015.
- "Afghan Civilians". Costs of War. 27 February 2001. Retrieved 17 July 2012.
- "Dossier on Civilian Victims of United States' Aerial Bombing". Pubpages.unh.edu. Retrieved 26 March 2011.
- "The FP Memo: Operation Comeback – By Joshua Muravchik". Foreign Policy. 10 October 2006. Retrieved 26 March 2011.
- "The Prof Who Can't Count Straight". The Weekly Standard. 26 August 2002. Retrieved 26 March 2011.
- "Operation Enduring Freedom: Why a Higher Rate of Civilian Bombing Casualties?". Comw.org. Retrieved 26 March 2011.
- "Operation Enduring Freedom: Why a Higher Rate of Civilian Bombing Casualties – Bombers and cluster bombs". Comw.org. Retrieved 26 March 2011.
- "Operation Enduring Freedom: Why a Higher Rate of Civilian Bombing Casualties – Appendix 1. Estimation of Civilian Bombing Casualties: Method and Sources". Comw.org. Retrieved 26 March 2011.
- "Strange Victory: A critical appraisal of Operation Enduring Freedom and the Afghanistan war". Comw.org. Retrieved 26 March 2011.
- "'The Americans . . . They Just Drop Their Bombs and Leave'". Los Angeles Times - Web.archive.org. Archived from the original on 4 June 2002. Retrieved 26 March 2011.
- "Guardian.co.uk" The Guardian
- "Mogadishu violence kills 6,500 in past year: rights group". Web.archive.org. 21 March 2008. Archived from the original on 21 March 2008. Retrieved 2 January 2012.
- Gambrell, Jon (8 June 2009). "Funeral held for soldier killed in Ark. attack". Seattle Times. Archived from the original on 11 August 2011.
- "Recruitment Shooting Suspect Doesn't Think Killing Was Murder". Fox News. Associated Press. 9 June 2009. Retrieved 20 September 2009.
- "Bill would give Purple Heart to Fort Hood shooting victims". Austin Statesman. 9 May 2012. Retrieved 29 March 2013.
Thirteen people were killed and more than 30 wounded in the rampage.
- "Operation Iraqi Freedom | Iraq". iCasualties. 28 May 2010. Retrieved 26 March 2011.
- "Forces: U.S. & Coalition/POW/MIA". CNN.
- "Military Casualty Information". Siadapp.dmdc.osd.mil. Archived from the original on 3 March 2011. Retrieved 26 March 2011.
- "OEF | Afghanistan | Fatalities By Year". iCasualties. 28 May 2010. Retrieved 26 March 2011.
- "Operation Iraqi Freedom | Iraq | Fatalities By Nationality". iCasualties. 28 May 2010. Retrieved 26 March 2011.
- Aikins, Matthieu; Koehler, Chris (2013). "Mental Combat". Popular Science. Bonnier Corporation. 282 (3): 40–45. Retrieved 15 February 2013.
- "How many terrorists has President Obama actually 'taken out'? Probably over 30,000.". The Washington Post. 7 December 2015.
- Daniel Trotta (29 June 2011). "Cost of war at least $3.7 trillion and counting". Reuters. Retrieved 25 June 2012.
- "TSG IntelBrief: Terrorism in the Horn of Africa". The Soufan Group. New York, NY. 2015-07-28. Retrieved 2015-07-28.
- Amy Belasco (16 July 2010). "The Cost of Iraq, Afghanistan, and Other Global War on Terror Operations Since 2011". Congressional Research Service. Archived from the original on 27 January 2011. Retrieved 25 June 2012.
- K. Alan Kronstadt (6 February 2009). "Pakistan-U.S. Relations". Congressional Research Service. Archived from the original on 22 December 2011. Retrieved 25 June 2012.
- Congressional Research Service (11 February 2011). "Long-Term Implications of the 2011 Future Years Defense Program". Retrieved 25 June 2012.
- Eisenhower Study Group (2011). "Cost of Iraq, Afghanistan, and Anti-Terrorism Operations". Watson Institute for International Studies, Brown University. Retrieved 24 June 2012.
- George Monbiot, "A Wilful Blindness" ("Those who support the coming war with Iraq refuse to see that it has anything to do with US global domination"), monbiot.com (author's website archives), reposted from The Guardian, 11 March 2003. Retrieved 28 May 2007.
- Singel, Ryan (13 March 2008). "FBI Tried to Cover Patriot Act Abuses With Flawed, Retroactive Subpoenas, Audit Finds". Wired. Retrieved 13 February 2012.
- Richissin, Todd (2 September 2004). ""War on terror" difficult to define". The Baltimore Sun. Archived from the original on 14 January 2009. Retrieved 28 January 2009.
- Williams, Shirley. "The seeds of Iraq's future terror". The Guardian, 28 October 2003.
- "American Hegemony: How to Use It, How to Lose It by Gen. William Odom" (PDF). Retrieved 2014-02-27.
- Obama's Muslim Speech, The New York Times, by Madeline Albright, retrieved on April 25, 2016 "According to Muslim speakers at such events, one fact stands out: When the cold war ended, America needed an enemy to replace Communism and chose Islam...Mr. Obama's dilemma is that no speech, however eloquent, can disentangle U.S.-Muslim relations from the treacherous terrain of current events in places such as Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iran and the Middle East...Muslims desire respect and respect demands frankness. We cannot pretend that American soldiers and aircraft are not attacking Muslims."
- Lustick, Ian S. (2006) [1 September 2006]. Trapped in the War on Terror. University of Pennsylvania Press. ISBN 0-8122-3983-0.
- "America's Image in the World: Findings from the Pew Global Attitudes Project". Pew Research Center. 14 March 2007. Retrieved 13 February 2012.
- "China's 'War on Terror': September 11 and Uighur Separatism". Council on Foreign Relations. Retrieved 10 September 2015.
- Simon Denyer (19 September 2014). "China's war on terror becomes all-out attack on Islam in Xinjiang". Washington Post. Retrieved 10 September 2015.
- "Breaking News, Analysis, Politics, Blogs, News Photos, Video, Tech Reviews - TIME.com". Time. 19 September 2011.
- Cohen, Ariel. "Russia, Islam, and the War on Terrorism" (PDF). Retrieved 29 November 2015.
- Jackson, Richard. Writing the War on Terrorism: Language, Politics and Counter-Terrorism. Manchester & New York: Manchester University Press, 2005. ISBN 0719071216.
- Sergei Boeke, Transitioning from Military Interventions to a Long-Term Counter-Terrorism Policy (International Centre for Counter-Terrorism – The Hague, 2014)
- Coughlin, Stephen (2015). Catastrophic Failure: Blindfolding America in the Face of Jihad. CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. ISBN 978-1511617505.
|Wikiquote has quotations related to: War on Terror|
- White House FAQ about the WoT
- CIA and the WoT
- U.S. National Military Strategic Plan for the WoT
- Early presidential perspectives on terror and terrorism
- "A New Strategy for America's War on Terrorism," Patrolling magazine, 75th Ranger Regiment Assoc., Winter 2011. at the Wayback Machine (archived 16 June 2013)[dead link]
- Fifty Terror Plots Foiled Since 9/11: The Homegrown Threat and the Long War on Terrorism